July 9, 2008 at 7:32 pm #10909tokifanParticipant
I just acquired an 18″ CS Bell Dinner bell!!!
I am a newbie and do not know the lingo well, yet, but I am hoping for some advice. The bell is in fantastic condition and has the clapper and holder/stand(?). I want to mount the bell outside my back door, near the kitchen (of course). I’ve been trying to find ideas for mounting on the internet and the only thing people seem interested in is appraising their bell.
I will never sell this bell and I will put a curse on it so if any of my offspring sell it they will suffer!! 😀
I was thinking of using a 4×4 post, but after looking at the holder/stand, I’m not sure how well that will work. Basically, I want it to be on a sturdy mount and be able to ring freely and LOUDLY!!!
Thanks for any help you can provide.
July 9, 2008 at 7:43 pm #13945AnonymousInactive
Have you looked at this page on the “Bell Talk” Forum? viewtopic.php?f=16&t=509
I’m sure there will be some additional responses to your question.
You will also find some information about C. S. Bell Company in our library section https://americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=47
and in the Bell Foundries, Manufacturers, and Artisans section at https://americanbell.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=5
July 9, 2008 at 9:43 pm #13946hjlongMember
If your bell has the “A” frame mounts, you can mount the “A” frames on treated 4 x 4s and place it on the ground or concrete patio blocks. If you want a more sturdy mount, you can weld steel “I” Beams to 3-4 inch steel posts that can be sdet into the ground at whatever level uou desire. These can be fabricated by any metal fabricator for $100-$200. If your bell has a “U” shaped bracket, it can be mounted on a treated wood 4 x 4 post or mounted on a steel post. An 18 inche bell could have either type of mount. You should also plan to provide a protective paint coating since this bell is cast steel and will rust if exposed to the elements without a rust retardant coating.
Harry Long, MD
July 10, 2008 at 1:43 am #13947tokifanParticipant
Thanks for your comments, they were helpful.
I believe I have a “u” shaped bracket, but I will upload a photo I just took, for confirmation. As the picture will show, it has been painted. I don’t know how old the paint is. Is that a concern? How often do I need to repaint the bell?
Thanks for all of your help.
July 10, 2008 at 4:51 am #13948lucky13Member
A very nice bell. Many thousands were made but most have not survived without damage or missing components. The original ones like yours have a better ring than the copies made in the past 20 years or so. Go over the bell with a wire brush to knock off rust and loose paint then brush on a couple coats of Rustoleum and you will not have to paint it again for many years. Get a 4X4 8 or 10 foot treated post and lay it on the ground. Mark and bore the 3 holes. A hand brace with a sharp auger bit works well for this. Attach the cradle using 5″ bolts, nuts, and 2 washers on each bolt, one at each end. Dig the hole at least 2 feet deep with a post hole digger. I’ve never used concrete in the hole. Makes removing the post more difficult if you ever want to relocate the bell. Use a level to get the post as straight as possible. Rub a little grease or vaseline in the Y ends of the cradle then, with a friend’s help, lift the bell into the cradle. Don’t try it alone because an 18 inch bell is heavy! Attach a rope or chain and you’re in business.
July 12, 2008 at 8:22 pm #13949Prindle Station BellsParticipant
We believe your bell to be a #3 C.S. Bell Company bell with a non C.S. Bell Company upright. That is to say the shape of the upright does not match the 1886 patterns. Often the bell, yoke, clapper & crank were saved after the upright was lost or broken. Never the less, it appears to be a fine upright and if it fits the other bell parts it is a match. You would want to mount your upright on a 4×6 post with lag bolts and secure the post so the bell will be able to swing freely in the upright. You could sand blast your bell, wire brush it or in some way remove the loose paint if you wish to re-paint. We use a quality machinery black enamel for our bells, however, your purpose is to protect the crystal metal from the elements so you could paint or, give it a yearly coat of WD-40 If you wish to maintain the metal patina. Give us a shout if we can be of any assistance. We are Prindle Station Bells. We have patterns original to the C.S. Bell Company dating to 1886. Look us up at http://www.prindlestation.com
Sandra Wilson-Prindle Station Bells
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